Rick Hammerle, among horse racing's most respected and innovative officials; popular New England sportscaster and former NBC racing analyst Bob Neumeier, and jockey Aaron Gryder are joining the team at Kentucky Downs.
Hammerle will serve as Kentucky Downs' director of horsemen's relations and racing operations, working closely with racing secretary Tyler Picklesimer and senior vice president and general manager Ted Nicholson. Hammerle spent the past 16 years directing Santa Anita's racing program as racing secretary.
“I'm a utility man; I'll do whatever they need,” said Hammerle, who recently was also hired to be racing coordinator at Oaklawn Park's winter and spring meet. “I worked in California, obviously, and I've been in New Jersey, the East Coast and Florida. But the Midwest is new to me. And you know what? I love it. Because I'm going to meet some new people. I'm really excited to come out there. Whatever Tyler and Ted need, I'm in.”
Neumeier will be the guest paddock analyst along with Caton Bredar. Gryder will join Bredar doing on-air analysis when he is not riding.